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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

I saw them open a mid-1970 Fillmore West/Carousel Ballroom show with Morning Dew.

Epic indeed it was.

Garcia appeared as though in a trance as he hit the opening chords... there was no formal introduction/announcement before the set started that I recall, (I've probably forgotten it).

In any case, a dramatic silence or pause preceded Morning Dew, which opened their 1st set that night (a Thursday or Sunday, as it wasn't crowded, I had no difficulty getting right up the front of the stage directly in front of Garcia, who began the song standing some distance back from the edge of the stage.
I believe their show that evening started out with an electric set, or if there was an acoustic set, it was followed by a New Riders set, which either way really set the opening Morning Dew apart from any frivolity, giving it a serious edge...

Garcia was really into it... a most memorable opening song I'll never forget, though I've forgotten the surrounding details long since!


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Poster: staggerleib Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Um, to add my two cents five times, or my dime...

Morning Dew
Jack Straw
Mississippi Half-Step
Music Never Stopped
Help on the Way etc...

Honorable Mention - Bertha...




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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Jul 2, 2009 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!

Nice story CPW. I love reading about people's experiences particularly from the pre-hiatus shows.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 11:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Opening Song!!

Thanks JS

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-06-06.sbd.miller.86951.sbeok.flac16

Charlie Miller upgrade.


I like rockin' openers too, like GMLSG, Standing On The Corner. Viola Lee Blues, Aligator, Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion, and of course a fast Cold Rain & Snow with the hook (bridge) they dropped after early 1969...


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-06-05.sbd.bunjes-evans.28653.flac16

Listen to the banter directed at Bear Owsley- very amusing, but pissed off a wee bit, wouldn't you say?

Btw, the quotes attributed to Bear which I shared in my review of 6-6-1970 were cut & pasted directly from a Bear communique without any changes or even (sic) spell checks.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-06-06.sbd.ashley.2172.sbeok.shnf



Ah well, one can't be too hard on an artist who designed purple haze, white lightning, sunshine and other colorful party favors.

That was the kind, aand always preferable to anything from any other bathtub once Sandoz was in short supply.

A Girl Named Sandoz, by Eric Burdon & The Animals, with Zoot Money and Gladstone Odduck's Rescue Mission.

Long story, we'll have to look into that someday, Yeah!


This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2009-07-03 06:05:30